Does Size Really Matter When Buying a Diamond?

Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 3:23 pm by Ad

One would think that the size of a diamond would be paramount when you’re shopping for fine jewelry, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Jittery engagement ring shoppers should take a moment to consider what is more important to them, diamond size or diamond quality.

In some circles, the pressure to have the biggest rock is a very real expectation. Whether it be a subconscious need to surpass societal standards or you simply have a diamond fetish, size does matter to some. But there is one thing to point out to those shopping for the ‘big one’. When you aim for the biggest star, you may have to sacrifice some sparkle.

Diamond Size vs. Diamond Quality 

It seems there has been a shift in trends among twenty and thirty-somethings. According to Cosmopolitan Online, designer and jewelry trend expert Tara Gannon says that she has seen a dramatic change of heart when it comes to the size of engagement rings in the last two years. Millennials are setting the tone for this recent about-face...demure is in, and flashy is out. Younger generations are reaching for smaller, higher quality diamonds.

The recent departure from big diamonds to higher quality diamonds, has more to do with character and clarity, than it has to do with cost. When you opt for a larger diamond, the quality of the diamond, or lack thereof, is more noticeable. If your budget requires you to make a tradeoff, jewelers almost always recommend you err on the side of quality.

“Having a big ring isn’t what matters to me,” says Carly de Castro, the 34-year-old co-founder of Pressed Juicery, who, after being married for six years, recently resized her blinding double-halo setting for a simpler model. “I’d rather have a smaller, higher-quality diamond that’s understatedly radiant, tasteful, and true to myself.”

Trends aside, some professional jewelers are also on board with this way of thinking. When you ask a jeweler their personal opinion of diamond size versus diamond quality, nine times out of ten, they will side with quality. And jewelers don’t necessarily lose out on profit when a customer goes for a smaller diamond either. A higher quality diamond will up the price and increase the long term value of the diamond, which benefits both the jeweler and the client.

Big diamonds, small diamonds, high-quality diamonds, we have it all. Jeweler’s Touch has a wide selection of precious stones and custom jewelry. Start new traditions and come visit us today, or call: 714.579.1616

When Diamond Size Does Matter 

Just because millennials are shifting towards more subtle gemstone stylings, doesn’t mean that everyone has the same taste. When it comes to the ‘size vs. quality’ debate, it all comes down to personal preference. At the end of the day, you or your loved one will be the one wearing the diamond day in and day out.

Worry not, you can still make an impression and stay within your budget. A great option for those wanting to make a splash, but don’t want to purchase a noticeably flawed diamond, is to consider a center stone flanked by smaller diamonds. You can create the same ‘wow’ factor, not sacrifice quality, and remain within your budget.

Big diamonds, small diamonds, high-quality diamonds, we have it all. Jeweler’s Touch has a wide selection of precious stones and custom jewelry. Start new traditions and come visit us today, or call: 714.579.1616



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